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've been asking you, our viewers, to send in your thoughts, your messages to elected representatives. so let's close tonight with some advice from one of you to washington. >> my message to all of washington for the new year is to set partisanship aside working on behalf of 100% of the voters, fix this mess you've gotten us into, bring a balanced budget to the table to grow this economy for the long term not the short term. >> there you go. for the long term, not the short term. >> there you go. i'm don lemon. happy new year to you. jooirksz . >>> hello, i'm don lemon and this is cnn's top 10 of 2012. we look at the stories that captured our attention, what we see as the biggest stories of the year around the world, in crime, money, weather and even the biggestscandals and later this hour, those stories chosen by you. anchor of state of the union, candy crowley, with the top ten political stories of 2012. >>> like finding your favorite grain of sand on the beach. impossible number of possibilities. catch phrases become boomerangs. >> if you got a business you didn't build that. >> i like
and officials and the plitscle institutions to do the job they were elected to do. we've got some significant issues facing this country and they're all going to come to the forefront next year and if we can, as you say, resolve this issue at this moment in time, how can we come to grips, you know, with tax reform and entitlement reform and debt ceiling, a budget we haven't passed in three years, another budget that expires in march of next year? so these are overwhelming issues and, of course, the world community looks at the united states and says, why can't the united states of america and its elected officials come together to address the big issues of our time? >> senator, you know, a lot of the commentary and some books have been written say, this is on the republican party here. basically the republican party in the house, but many, many people blame republicans for this, for being intransigent on your side about judgeships, about any number of things. do you think your party has erred on the side of partisanship and turned its back in some cases on the country? >> i think that's certa
before the election riding around the country talking to people about how they feel. some people don't really like politics. they'd rather do without it. some people don't really like the economy even though you got to live in it. but everybody -- but what we feel and how we spend dictates how well this economy goes. consumer confidence is something that's been riding higher and higher. i'm going to ask our control room to put up a chart of consumer confidence going back about half of this year. it was going higher and higher and higher, and then right around october we started to see it soften a little bit and then go down lower and now people are starting to give up a little bit. you will have seen spending of the holiday season will come out a little weaker than expected. that's really what drives our economy. and that's what people are feeling. so, john, when people tell me how much more am i going to pay in taxes, that's important. there's no question. we don't have $2,500 or $3,500 extra in most households to give up. but that's less important than the fact that people are star
ten moments of an election year is like finding your favorite grain of sand on the beach. there are an impossible number of possibilities. there are the moments when catch phrases become boomerangs. >> if you got a business, you didn't build that. >> i like being able to fire people who provide services to me. >> when cast members stole the spotlight. >> i'm an american woman who us contraception. let's start there. >> almost like an etch a sketch, you can shake it up and we start all over again. >> a fair number of moments ranging from ridiculous to explicable. >> i'm not going to shut up. it's my turn. >> i think it's called romnesia. >> if i were to coin a term it would be obamaloney. >> so many moments so much nonsense. but there were moments that shook up the race or made history and made our top ten list. >> it was seen at the time as a proxy race for november. wisconsin's republican governor scott walker in a showdown with organized labor over budget cuts and collective bargaining power. turns out the end result was no bellwether for the presidential race. walker w
, multimillionaires, billionaires. meanwhile, you have got the majority of the senators elected in this body saying we can do more at the top end. those of us who have a lot can get more revenue to address this crisis so you have got this stalemate that was created by two very different groups of people, all elected by the american people. >> now, walking out, i spoke to several of your colleagues, democratic senators who said they were not optimistic, really looking pretty glum. what camp are you in after what you just heard? do you think -- i mean, as you said, the clock is ticking, do you think by tonight or tomorrow, something will get passed to deal with at least the tax cuts that are going up by most americans? >> most successful businessmen and successful people i have talked to are willing to pay more and so it remains to be seen whether the republicans, being driven by a very extreme group of house members, will allow our economy to hurt because of their desire to protect multimillionaires in this country. i think that is what it is going to boil down to >> taxes are a big issue. the other is
election at the top, clearly. but there were other compelling stories inside and outside that campaign that made indelible remarks. re here's candy crowley's top ten. >> reporter: picking the top ten moments of an election year is like finding your favorite grain of sand on the beach. there are an impossible number of possibilities. there are the moments when catch phrases become boomera eeboomer. >> if you got a business you didn't build that. >> i like to fire people who don't provide services to me. >> i'm an american woman who uses contraception, let's start there. >> like an etch-a-sketch, shake it up and start all over moment. >> reporter: and ridiculous to ine inexplicab inexplicable. >> i'm not going to shut up. i think it's my turn. >> i think it's called romnesia. >> i think it'sobamaogna. >> there are moments that made the top ten list. it was scene at the time as a proxy race for november. wisconsin's republican governor scott walker in a showdown with organized labor over budget cuts and collective bargaining power. turns out the end result was no bell weather for the pres
you were happy to do that so close to an election when some might say politically that wasn't the best thing to do. >> this is much more important than any election, piers. this is the livelihood of the people in my state when the president does this evenings that deserve praise, i will give him praise. when the president does things that deserve scorn, i will give him scorn. people know that about me. i am not going to play politics with this issue. this is so much bigger than an election. this is the livelihood of the people of my state. people expect me to get the job done. when they ask me a question, i give an honest answer. how has the president been on this? he's been great. >> this killed ambassador christopher stevens, the country's terrorism chief now says it was a terrorist attack. >> clearly the death of ambassador christopher stevens continues to reverberate and the truth or otherwise of the circumstances leading up to his death seem to be pretty vague to put it mildly. where do you think we are with this? >> well, let me tell you what's not vague and that is five days aft
predictable political problem. this is the cover of "the washington post" the day after the election saying time to deal with the debt. everybody knows it. that was the whole idea, right? this was the big plan. election year is too divisive to get anything done. just kick the lame duck. so what happened? why can't congress find a way to work together, even with a gun at their head? >> because they don't get along. i think it may have been naive of some of us to think that the election was going to be the magic formula and they would play well in the sand box after the election. what's it going to take? i think it's going to take for us to go off the cliff and the american public demanding action. i think we're going to see that over and over again. it's going to be the american public demanding action on gun control. it's going to be the american public demanding action on immigration because we have to force them to act. >> but american public also has to stop acting as if they play no role in this. when you look at our politics over the last 20 years, if you were a moderate democrat and i
of the lgbt community? have you seen that trend and what was the turning point? >> elections have consequences. i'm going to quote a paraphrase, former chairman of the rnc, haley barbour said, purity is the enemy of victory. and what he was getting at is something we have been saying for quite a while. let's win on the corollaries that we agree upon. we agree upon economic freedom, we agree upon strong national security. we agree upon the core conservative tenets of individual liberty and individual responsibility. let's not isolate or separate fellow americans because of something like their sexual orientation. >> let me ask you this, then -- >> yeah. >> why not do the right thing? when does winning an election supersede doing the right thing? why didn't doing the right thing have more importance than winning elections? >> it's principle and pragmatism. it's a combination of the two. let's start with principle. the first three republicans on the r.m.a., the respect for marriage act. the chairman was the first, the three members gave their word to log cabin republicans to be co-sponsors. long
's very clear now, mr. president, that the speaker's number one goal is to get elected speaker on january 3rd. the house is not even here. he's told me he'll give them two days to get back here, 48 hours, not two days, 48 hours. they don't even have enough of the leadership here to meet to talk about it. they've done it with conference calls. people are spread all over this country because the speaker is basically waiting for january 3rd. now, the president campaigned on raising taxes on people making more than $250 thou,000 a year. the bush tax cut will expire at the end of this year. obama was elected with a surplus of about three million votes. he won the election. he campaigned on this issue. again, the speaker can't take yes for an answer. the president has presented to him something that would prevent us from going over the cliff. it was response to something that the speaker gave them himself but i guess with the dysfunctional republican caucus in the house, even the speaker can't tell what they are going to do because he backed off even his own proposal. the house, we hear so ofte
morning, d.c. dark there now, but waky, waky our elected leaders. you have only two days ahead of you before that fiscal cliff deadline. hope you're well rested and fed and dugout from the snow storm yesterday because the clock is ticking down on 2012 and to that deline for avoiding the fiscal cliff, but after weeks of negotiations, patience is running short. here's president obama after his meeting with top political leaders on friday. >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously, their patience is already thin. this is deja vu all over again. america wonders why it is in this town for some reason you can't get stuff done in an organized timetable. why everything always has to wait until last minute. well, we're now at the last minute. the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. >> and he apparently wasn't kidding. we put out a call for our cnn ireporters to send us their messages to washington and, yes, we got a ton of responses. quite a few of you were frustrate would the lack of action in washingto
in doing the right thing and actually representing the people who elected you. >> my new year's message to washington is this, there are not enough wealthy people or corporations to keep you in office. in that light, please simply grow up, govern, but most importantly, support middle class policies. >> americans, as you can see, are clearly very frustrated with lawmakers. at this moment, there are no deal yet to be reported when it comes to trying to keep your taxes from going up. government spending for things like education, research and investments in infrastructure will also take a big hit. but my next guest says that our defense department is in a much better position to endure a hit like that. lawren lawrence korb joins me in washington. he's former assistant secretary of defense. doctor, thanks for being with us. >> nice to be with you. >> you say the defense department can afford budget cuts but many are going to worry this is going to somehow undermine our national security. what do you say? >> i have to say compared to where we were, we are talking about the base birnlgt the w
who might be skittish on that. it's also a fair number of moderate democrats who are up for re-election in the next cycle, 2014, who are from red states, who simply will not even talk to reporters about the idea, much less endorse the idea of supporting any kind of new gun control measures yet. >> even now. you would -- well, i'm being naive, i know. if you have strong feelings about it, after what newtown happened, don't constituents want to know what their legislators think? why not just embrace what you think even if you say, well, i don't think gun control laws should be put into place in america. >> if i told you it was tough politics, would you be shocked? that that's the reason why. but in all fairness, i think that the political realities and the fact it is politically tough, despite what happened in newtown for a lot of politicians to do anything to anger the gun rights enthusiasts. and we're talking about, as you reported, a 4 million member organization, it's tough for them to do that. i think also, everybody is just trying to kind of work through what could be possible legis
will be reelected president of the united states. >> the election. more than just about obama and romney, it was about socialism and capitalism and spending and cutting and what kind of role government should have in your life. >> number one is the fiscal cliff. lawmakers saw it coming and didn't bother to pay any attention to it until after the election. had they put politics aside and dealt with it earlier, who knows how strong the u.s. economy would be right now. >> and make sure you join me for the biggest stories of the year in crime, politic, money and the most scandalous stories. the top ten of 2012, 8:00 eastern. a teen battling a terminal illness uses lyrics instead of letters to say goodbyes. >> it's kind of me always being there for him. like if they keep singing that song throughout their life, it will be worth it. >> this teen's final wish, next. s that will make it drop over, and over again. ♪ from jammin' jerk chicken, to creamy gouda bisque. see what's new from campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. with less chronic osteoarthritis pain. imagine living your life wit
in the 1970s. in 2007, she had returned to pakistan from self-imposed exile to run in the general elections. she was killed at a campaign rally. her son was picked to lead her party. >> i am thankful to the cc for imposing their trust in me as chairman of the pakistan people's party. >> reporter: but he was just 19 and studying at oxford. her husband was co-chairman of the party. he ran for president and won. now her son, at age 24, has given his first major speech at the family shrine. and his father seemed proud to launch him into political life. >> translator: his education is finished, and his training has begun. he has to stay with you, with the workers. he has to learn with you. he has to learn about pakistan, learn how to work with you, learn your thinking. >> reporter: he's still too young to run for office but will likely be a figurehead in the general elections, expected within a few months. isha sesay, cnn, atlanta. >>> and the family of nelson mandela is speaking out. >> our grandfather is great. he's doing very well. >> after rumors that mandela was close to death, family membe
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and what was the turning point? >> elections have consequences. i'm going to quote a paraphrase, former chairman of the rnc, haley barbour said, purity is the enemy of victory. and what he was getting at is something we have been saying for quite a while. let's win on the corollaries that we agree upon. we agree upon economic freedom, strong national security. we agree upon the core conservative tenets of individual liberty and individual responsibility. let's not isolate or separate fellow americans because of something like their sexual orientation. >> let me ask you this, then -- >> yeah. >> why not do the right thing? when does winning an election supersede doing the right thing? >> it's principle and pragmatism. it's a combination of the two. let's start with principle. the first three republicans on the r.m.a., the respect for marriage act. the second was richard hanna of new york. long story short is that it's okay, the water's fine, come on in. stand on your principle because i know there's a number of house and senate members that should be on this bill that are not on this bil
is a horrible thing that people can spend and waste this amount of money on elections. think of all the people that could be benefit -- could benefit from that money. >> there have been two elections since i've been in america. there have been two elections where one party has had far more financial power than the other. one was here in california with meg whitman, and one was nationally. romney clearly had more money than obama for most of that campaign, and in both cases, the one with the most money lost. >> isn't that great? >> what does that tell you about the american people? >> the people are getting smarter. they're going, i don't like all this amount of money spent on this election. campaign finance reform is very important, and i hope somebody does something about it. you should have a given amount, equal amount, equal air time, and that's it. that idea of corporations being people. no, no, it's not -- this is a country of, by, and for the people, not of, by, and for the corporation. you know, it's like -- because i'm so against gmos, the modified food, and i'm so against lobbying by
ma markey throwing his hat into the ring for kerry's senate seat. a special election would be held early this summer. markey a 66-year-old democrat is the first prominent candidate to declare for the race. >>> mom and pop shops across the country bracing for a labor fight that could cripple businesses. more on the key workers that could walk off the job coming up. consider this: when the unexpected happens, there's one brand of battery more emergency workers trust in their maglites: duracell. one reason: duralock power preserve. it locks in power for up to 10 years in storage. guaranteed. so, whether it's 10 years' of life's sunny days... or... the occasional stormy one... trust goes a long way. duracell with duralock. trusted everywhere. your doctor will say get smart about your weight. i tried weight loss plans... but their shakes aren't always made for people with diabetes. that's why there's glucerna hunger smart shakes. they have carb steady, with carbs that digest slowly to help minimize blood sugar spikes. and they have six grams of sugars. with fifteen grams of protein to h
and responsibility to send our elected officials a potent message urging them to come together. poppy harlow recently sat down with schultz. tell us more about what starbucks is trying to do here. >> the timing is certainly spot on, joe, right, as congress comes back in session from the holidays tomorrow. if it they go to starbucks, they'll get the message loud and clear from their barista. this will be will d.c., is this parts of virginia. they will voluntarily where "come together" to urge politicians to get a deal done on the fiscal cliff before the end of the year. and i wasn't very surprised because howard schultz has been very outspoken. we sat down earlier this month to talk about the fiscal cliff and the risks to u.s. businesses, to the world economy and to the average u.s. citizen if we don't have a deal, if we don't get it done. i want you to take a listen to what he fold me. >> the real difference today versus perhaps any other time in history is that this single issue has a seismic effect on the rest of the world, that we have never been as connected and the domino effect of a bad outcome
our elected officials a respectful but potent message. interesting way to do it. >> the problem with the starbucks, they'll cut a deal. >>> let's talk about sports, shall we? call him a bad quarterback but do not call him a bad teammate. tim tebow firing back after a report that said he asked to sit out some offensive plays on sunday after being snubbed for the jets starting quarterback job. espn says tebow was so upset with the perception that he quit on the team that it dampened his christmas. as for tebow, he will likely be out of new york by next year, headed to presumably the jacksonville jaguars, his home team. but you know what this is? world's smallest violin. you think i feel sorry for him? >> especially with $5 million after being traded from denver. come on, tim, you're terrible. >> oh! >> he's got a lot to say. >> back to the dinner topic right now. as we have told you, president obama lands in washington today, back from hawaii to take part in negotiations over the f is cal cliff, but it seems increasingly unlikely that we are going to have a plan that congress can
education, all that stuff. they don't care about that. they spend the money on what they want to get elected. >> when you're saying that the previous mayor spent all the money, you're talking about mayor daly. rahm emanuel is in place now. >> right. >> he spent all the money on what? and then, two, what is the realistic proposal here to reverse the violence? >> well, over 20 years i can give you a laundry list of corruption and cronyism. but you know it well because you were here as well. and you saw it. there was a reporter once for "time" doing a cnn profile, comparing richard daly to andy of maybury and said he presides over chicago like andy of maybury. now that reporter is the press secretary for president obama. so there had been -- not you, obviously, but there had been people who were papering over and smooching up and making things look nice when they weren't nice. the city is broke. we're a thousand police officers down, at least, right? and now the city is creating this news flap, public relations issue, saying there is now we're going to take one off the 500 and make it 499. you'
elections instead of the next generation of americans, i think it's sinful and i hope that people turn out those who have been responsible for it. >> congressman, you're a straight shooter, we always appreciate you coming "outfront." >>> next, mixed feelings about gun control. most americans support a ban on assault weapons but also support the nra. >>> plus, allegations of child abuse at a u.s. military base. two workers in custody and 30 more taken off the job. what their background checks revealed. >>> horror in the nation's largest subway system. for the second time in one month a man is pushed to his death in front of a new york city subway train. this was the hole my waist was on. but since i've been on alli, am i on this one? nope. am i on this one? no, no, no, no, no. i am on this one. [ male announcer ] for every 2 pounds you lose through diet and exercise alli can help you lose one more by blocking some of the fat you eat. simple. effective. belt-friendly. let's fight fat with alli. have a healthier holiday at letsfightholidayfat.com. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] everyone deserves
of our lungs by it, but we were drowned out by the election. it seems common sense and good governance often get drown out by seemingly endless and continuele lesing elections in . we will be watching these developments play out over the weekend as congress is set to convene sunday evening. but as you know, alison, you've been saying, the markets may put pressure on lawmakers to act on monday. stocks were weak toward the end of the week as investors wanted no part of this uncertainty, especially going into the new year. i'll be hosting a special edition of "your money," in a few hours to bring you up to speed on what you need to know as we watch this faceoff unfold. alison, back to you. >> thanks, ali velshi. how will the markets and small businesses react if we do go off the cliff? in an hour, i'm going to ask a former economic council member under george w. bush about the future of our economy. >>> meanwhile, india's capital is on lockdown right now. new delhi and other cities brace for unrest and protest after a young woman brutally gang raped dies. we have a live report from new de
they might be able to use $1 million as a threshold. but the speaker of the house, the top elected democrat in the country was not able to get a vote. he was not able to get even his own member support on the $1 million threshold. for now we don't know what the threshold is. for chain cpi, that's the consumer price index. and many benefits in the united states such as social security are, increased to that benefit. is calculated based on cpi. the way they calculate that is when a basket of goods increases or decreases in value. chain cpi would more follow consumer behavior. so if the price of meat were to go up. it may be that the average family then switches to chicken. well, the consumer price index, the inflation calculation doesn't account for that possible switch. and that is why the discussion is going on about chained cpi it would mean when certain prices go up. you would make the assumption that people spend in a different way. and that is where the contention is. i want to bring in jessica yellin, our chief white house correspondent. jessica, we talked about chain cpi, this cake up
elected prime minister. he held the same position six years ago but resign because of health problems. he helped his party dominate elections last month. he promised to revive the economy and create a recovery plan for last year's earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. >>> six days to go before the fiscal cliff deadline and tomorrow could be make or break in determining if we steer clear or go over the edge. president obama is cutting his hawaiian vacation short and is leaving tonight and will be back tomorrow. that is when the house and senate is expected to reconvene. >>> starbucks weighing in with the own fiscal cliff campaign. workers at 120 d.c. area stores are asked to write this on their cup. come together. yeah, he says it's a way to send elected official as a respectful but potent message, urging them to come together to fin common ground. not grounds, ground. >> all of the bickering in washington, all it will take is a cup at starbucks, i think it will push everybody over the edge. get a deal. >>> ahead, a u.s. marine who languished in a mexican prison for months, gets to spe
in the recent election. he's at the top of the list with 75% of support. then you've got new jersey gorngs chris christie. very outgoing, has been talked about as a candidate for 2016. he's got 59% and florida senator marco rubios right behind him at 58%. >> the brian monroe. thank you very much. we appreciate it. >>> there's no deal on the fiscal cliff. that we know. and many americans are not happy about it we'll hear your take on it. meanwhile, new york city is preparing for the new year's eve celebration. anderson and kathy griffin want you to get ready for our special coverage tomorrow night. we'll hear from them both. cut take a look at what joseph siegel says. >> my new year's message to washington is to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and posterity. invest in our children, in our schools and in our communities. raise taxes on the rich, and eliminate corporate loopholes. and do not cut social security or medicare. thank you and happy new year. >>> now, our reporters is one way we're communicating with you, facebook, a big discussion going on my facebook page. let me show awe
before election, we saw chris christie go from being one of president obama's toughest critics, one of mitt romney's best surrogates to really putting the people of new jersey, his state, the disaster in the number one place, number one priority and worked with the local and federal authorities, embraced the help that was coming from everywhere, and that has seen him get really high approval ratings. you know, it's funnich sometimes doing the right thing is the politically correct thing to do. >> they say good policy is good politics, vice versa. would be nice if other people on both sides of the aisle followed that. okay, richard. i want to get to your next naughty because these are two republicans who gave republican leaders, the people here i cover, major, major heartburn, you see them there,ed to akin and richard mourdock. >> they became the problems the republicans were having in recapturing the senate. ed to akin, the republican senate candidate from missouri and richard mourdock from minnesota, made offensive remarks about women and rape and todd akin introduce the the concep
. the opposition is also gearing up for parliamentary elections, which are supposed to take place within two months. in previous elections we saw the opposition unorganized and divided. this time they say they have a unified front to put as many as possible in the new parliament to change the constitution. while we see it unford, there's an economic crisis. egypt's economy is in dire straits, and the muslim brotherhood and islamic allies need you to unite with the option if they push through tough austerity measures which are fairly unpopular. the two sides don't seem like they're going to unite anytime soon, at least not until the parliamentary election. the economy just has to wait. ian lee, cnn, cairo. >>> in india protesters demand more protection for women. this is after a brutal rape aboard a bus. we'll talk with a woman that lived in new delhi and knows the dangers for women on public transportation. and a choice.with artn take tylenol or take aleve, the #1 recommended pain reliever by orthopedic doctors. just two aleve can keep pain away all day. back to the news. has oats that can help low
as citizens if we want to see changes happen, to take off the party label and demand it of our elected officials. a lot of times politicians act because the citizens are demanding it and crying out for it. that's what has to happen on this issue. we have to lead and they will follow. >> i always say our democratic issue -- and it is, it's going to take all of us to do it. and we have to take the politics out of it. elzi, i'll give you the last word. go ahead and go on as long as you want. sorry i cut you off. >> what she described is a microcosm of what's wrong in washington. our elected officials and the president are supposed to be defenders of the second amendment. there's defenders of the constitution. not a lobbying group, but it's the lobbyists who have our government by the throats, not the voters, the lobbyists. you're seeing politicians make decisions based on what they think the money is going to say. the nra is one example. once upon a time, we were against cigarette companies and tobacco companies to do the right thing. what we're experiencing right now, is the same thing w
degree i think charles is right. >> the president won by winning re-election. that's what happened. he won. >> that does tend to happen after you lose a presidential election. yes. >> let me get you both to this. this is probably the last time i'll talk to you between now and 2013. so i need you to say -- you cannot say the president or mitt romney in the answer to these questions. name your political winner and loser of 2012. roll land? >> winner, latinos, prejudice is going to push forward when it comes to immigration reform and folks from the west indies and caribbean and other parts of the country. my loser, crazy republican males who don't know how to talk about the issue of rape. don't touch it or you're going to get burned. that's the biggest loser of 2012. >> okay, erick, i know he doesn't include new that crazy white thing that he's talking about. what are your winners and losers? >> he just doesn't like the way i dress bill burton and the super pac. lose ares on the left, unions are huge. and losers, john cornyn, horrible recruitment two years in a row and this time they didn
into the ring in kerry becomes secretary of state, which is expected, a special election will be held early this summer. markey is the first prominent candidate to declare for the race. >>> love this story. paying it forward by paying it backward. a story of rampant generosity and good will in canada happening in winnipeg. one customer pulled up to a coffee shop drive through in winnipeg and paid for the person behind them. the next person did the same and on and on and on. 228 customers in all. >> you hear the shout from drive through. my manager, todd, there. hear him screaming out random numbers, 147. pumped up. filled the building with excitement. >> now it's such a habit started here and people come back to this one, knowing it's either going to be your day, you will start it, and it will come back, a huge cycle. >> no one knows who started the chain or who ended it. do you want to be the person that ends that chain? >> i will tell you, all i do every time i go back to canada is go to tim horton's, a national institute. just great. >> look who we have here. do you have a note from the
united is a oshl face and keep your mind in the elections. country of the people who could again fit from that money. >> there have been two locks where one party has had far more financial power than the other. one was here in california, one was nationally but come any clearly had more monday than laum, along with money lost, war does that tell you about the peern people? >>s people are saying i don't like all this money spent on this election. i hope somebody does anything about temperature you hud havin that idea of corporations being people. no, no. this is a company of, by and for the people. not of, by and for the corporation. you know, lights -- -- gmos, the modified foot, like chemical cup the bad because the poison in our foods and in the air and they give plewes. we are having climate chang. the republican don't seem to want to acknowledge that. you have to be a democrat to stand that or to believe in that. >> you have ever been in love with a republican? >> never. >> could you ever be? >> no we never talked about politics. but i can't quite imagine it, no. >> what would have b
at the top of our lungs about it, but we were drowned out by the election. it seems common sense and good governance often get drowned out by seemingly endless and continuous elections in america. this time, there may be a serious price to pay for it. >> ali velshi, thank you. >>> straight ahead, a college student wins a restraining order against her own parents. we'll tell you why. >>> but first, getting a college degree doesn't have to bankrupt you. christine romans has great advice. >> reporter: at 24, greta russler has her bachelor's degree. figuring out how to pay for it wasn't easy. >> i only applied to two schools. both in-state, because those were the only ones that were really going to be a reality. >> reporter: she chose georgia state university where a four-year degree cost just over $21,000. she earned a scholarship to cover tuition. loans and a part-time job paid for living expenses and study abroad. >> i ate a lot more ramen that i am proud to admit. i had a mattress on my bedroom floor. my clothes were kept in boxes on a bookshelf in my closet. i was living the college life
right than in doing the right thing and actu actually representing the people who elected you. >> more interested in being right than in doing the right thing. you know, don, i'm not one of the guys who piles on with the mob and hates politics and hates washington, but people are frustrated and i have trouble finding fault in their frustration at all. welcome back, everybody, to the special coverage of the fiscal cliff negotiations. don and i will stick with you while we follow what is going on. take a look at what is going op at the capitol and pretty picture, and i hope they are getting work done in there. lawmakers are getting work done and they are filing in for the roll call. you don't want to leave it for the last minute. the talks are aimed at preventing us from going over the fiscal cliff and they are not making a lot of progress. the two sides are talking, and that is the good news. that is the best that can be said for what is happening on capitol hill. if you wished that the deadline would push the democrats and the republicans to get to a deal, we are still, don, waiting fo
there is a new prime minister in japan. he is shinzo abe, the japanese parliament elected him today five years after abe abruptly resigned from the job. he's japan's seventh prime minister in six years. alex reports from tokyo. >> reporter: a remarkable political comeback is now complete here in japan. shinzo abe is once again prime minister, elected in parliament on wednesday following his party's landslide victory in general elections earlier this month. he has now taken the reins and unveiled his cabinet as well, which includes former prime minister aso who is deputy prime minister as well as finance minister. as the 58-year-old abe returns to the top post he vacated in 2007, his to-do list this time is very long. front and center is the economy, which has sputtered along in japan for the better part of two decades and is in recession once again. many will be watching to see how abe handling heightened tensions with china, as the two countries spar over disputed islands, as well as north korea, which defied the international community recently launching a rocket that skirted japanese territ
approved same-sex marriage in november's elections. gay marriage is already legal in d.c. and six other states. >>> regrettable, politically motivated, saddening. these are all statements made by u.s. officials about russia's decision to ban americans from adopting russian children. russian president putin signed the ban into law friday. lawmakers there cite a history of abuse of russian children adopted by american families. however, many believe it was in retaliation against a law that president obama signed that imposes u.s. travel and financial restrictions on human rights abusers in russia. this morning, i spoke with carrie kayhill and asked if the chances of adopteding a 13-year-old boy from daniel in an orphanage in siberia, if she thinks her chances are over. >> i'm ever hopeful that things are going to change. i'm hopeful that better communication between both countries might cause putin to rethink the thing that he just signed. >> how far along were you in this process to adopt him before the ban went into effect? >> well, i'd already met daniel. i had lived over there for a f
presidential candidate mitt romney. >> this election is over. but our principles endure. >> romney ran on his impressive business credentials but it was his multiple gaffes during the campaign that analysts say helped seal his fate. remember the 47% comments. >> 47% who are with him, who are dependent upon government. >> and this one -- >> binders full of women. >> number six, ex-cia director general david petraeus. >> breaking news now coming in regarding the chief of the cia, general david petraeus. >> general petraeus, can you talk with us, please? >> the news was unexpected. the reason, shocking. petraeus, a retired four-star general, had quit his cia post and admitted he had cheated on his wife. petraeus' mistress was also his biographer, paula broadwell, an embarrassing exit from the public stage by one of the most respected public servants of his time. >> number five, super jumper felix bum gartner. let's face it, he did what no human has ever done, diving 24 miles from the edge of space, breaking the sound barrier along the way. >> i'm still the same guy. but as soon as you start trav
roosevelt. my dad thought if roosevelt got elected there would never be another election. >> reporter: a vocal republican in his earlier years, buffett now leans left and is a big obama supporter. >> we were talking about the economy. >> reporter: what else. >> i brought along figures i thought would be of interest to him. this is the presidential medal of freedom. >> reporter: he's never had political ambitions like his father. >> that's my dad's campaign picture when he was 39 years old. this is my dad's desk. this sat on his desk when i was a kid, when i was 10 years old. i always admired it. >> reporter: this is my favorite thing in your office. i need one of those. the too hard box. >> the real problem is if they're in there and i don't realize it. >> reporter: then there are the fun things, like the model mars rover, given to him by students at cal tech. >> thattette bas getting a t-shirt. >> reporter: and the mock "sports illustrated" cover. >> if they ever bring me out it will be as water boy. >> reporter: no fancy flat screen tv, just an old tube. >> no computer. >> reporter:
. >> the good life isn't good enough. what you need is the better life. >> the election, the economy, same-sex marriage and more, to the issues that really matter. >> you know why we have to change the constitution? it was a flawed document. it was made by men. >> what does god mean to you? this is "piers morgan tonight." >> good evening, and happy holidays and welcome to a special "piers morgan tonight." joining me, one of the most influential spiritual leaders in the world, rick warren. we're going to talk about politics, sins, and much, much more. he's the author of "a purpose driven life." >> it's good to be here with you. >> what is the purpose of christmas? >> you know, the angels in the story the first christmas said three things. those three statements say the three purposes of christmas. they are celebration, salvation, and reconciliation. first thing the angels said was, i bring you good news of great joy. which shall be for all people. by the way, christmas isn't just for christians. they say it's for all people. good news for joy, it's a time to party. i love in the northern he
. >> the good news lnt good much. what you need is the better life. >> from the election and economy to same sex marriage and more. the issues that really matter. >> why we have to change the constitution? it's a flawed document. it was made my men. >> what does god mean to you? this is "piers morgan tonight." good evening and happy holidays. welcome to this special "piers morgan" tonight. joining me, one of the most influential leaders in the world. it's rick warren. tonight we're going to talk about faith, fem, politics, sins, the questions of church and state and much, much more. pastor warren is the author of "a purpose driven life." welcome. >> good to be with you. >> owhat is the purpose of christmas. >> well, you know, the angels in the story of the first christmas said three thing bps and those three statements say the three purposes of christmas. they are celebration, salvation and reconciliation. the first thing the angels said was i bring you good news of great joy which shall be for all people. christmas isn't for christians. it says it's for all people. good news and great joy. it's
clout. what the nra does so well is organize and motivate their people to get out in elections. arguing against what they do, you are arguing against democracy. we're in this fight together, instead of dwighting america, let's come together for a change. we can. >> i want to talk a little more about the proposal that wayne la pierre made too put armed police officers in schools. it's gotten tepid support from republicans and that's probably an understatement. listen to john boraso yesterday. >> i think decisions about schools ought to be made at the local level. i would not want a national effort to say you have to do this at schools. i think local education decisions are best made at the local level. >> so even the -- people who should be the biggest supporters of this ideas to not only put armed police officers in schools, but to fund it republicans in congress, they are hands off, what does that tell you? >> lots of ways we can approach these issues and it really requires a multidisciplinary approach. what works in an environment in new york city isn't going to work in rural america,
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